THE PLOT THUS FAR
Narrated by Donald Sutherland, this thrilling, feature-length documentary chronicles the brave group of scientists on board the Sedna IV as they explore the Earth’s most fascinating and isolated continent. While on their dangerous and exhilarating 430-day adventure, the crew examines the effects of climate change on the wildlife and the majestic Antarctic landscape.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Donald Sutherland narrates this eye-opening documentary from filmmaker-biologist Jean Lemire that invites viewers on an excursion to Antarctica, where startling changes to the continent’s ecosystem are altering the future of the planet as we know it. The professionalism of every one involved is to be commended. The care they took in what they were doing showed all the way.
The team was largely thwarted in this objective due to the unseasonably high temperatures, a much as 6°C (11°F) above average which prevented the expected pack ice formation and consequent locking in of the research vessel Sedna IV. As month after month passes, and Winter seems almost passed, the team’s frustration grows, exacerbated by the increased hours of darkness and its resultant effect of depressing spirits. As narrator Donald Sutherland puts it, it’s one thing to clinically study a scientific phenomenon, quite another to find yourself the victim of it.
The DVD comes with a commentary and tons of featurettes about the production. It’s pretty interesting, but just so damn dry. Unless you’re a huge fan of nature documentaries, you won’t find much need to continue past a rental with this title. Still, I wonder what it must’ve looked like in HD. There is a Blu-Ray release available, so I’d recommend trying that one out. Otherwise, just move along.
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